MEET THE MAKERS

  ICON COOLERS   Growing up together in Virginia on the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, we developed an appreciation for our natural surroundings and the outdoor lifestyle early on. Whether fishing or crabbing, sailing or water skiing, or just cruising the bay, harbors and surrounding rivers and lakes, we were always outdoors, usually on the water, and always in pursuit of our passions.  We’re here to tell you, “Yes, they DO make ‘em like they used to.” Our coolers are made right here in the U.S.A. using only the best materials and manufacturing facilities. With an ICON Cooler, you can be sure you're getting genuine American-Made quality, true value and the peace of mind that come with knowing you’re supporting American Manufacturing.

ICON COOLERS

Growing up together in Virginia on the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, we developed an appreciation for our natural surroundings and the outdoor lifestyle early on. Whether fishing or crabbing, sailing or water skiing, or just cruising the bay, harbors and surrounding rivers and lakes, we were always outdoors, usually on the water, and always in pursuit of our passions.

We’re here to tell you, “Yes, they DO make ‘em like they used to.” Our coolers are made right here in the U.S.A. using only the best materials and manufacturing facilities. With an ICON Cooler, you can be sure you're getting genuine American-Made quality, true value and the peace of mind that come with knowing you’re supporting American Manufacturing.

  CRAFT BREWED JEWELRY   “Inspired by the artwork on the ever growing supply of craft beer cans, I set out to redefine the way you think about trash. I started Craft Brewed Jewelry in 2015 combining my love of craft beer and design into eco-friendly and timeless accessories that coordinate with every day fashion.   Craft Brewed Jewelry was created to highlight your favorite beverage in a beautiful way. Each piece is crafted with love and respect for the environment. It's my hope that through my work I can change the way others look at trash and see that there is beauty in the often overlooked and discarded."

CRAFT BREWED JEWELRY

“Inspired by the artwork on the ever growing supply of craft beer cans, I set out to redefine the way you think about trash. I started Craft Brewed Jewelry in 2015 combining my love of craft beer and design into eco-friendly and timeless accessories that coordinate with every day fashion.

Craft Brewed Jewelry was created to highlight your favorite beverage in a beautiful way. Each piece is crafted with love and respect for the environment. It's my hope that through my work I can change the way others look at trash and see that there is beauty in the often overlooked and discarded."

  BEACH BLACKSMITH   My interest in Blacksmithing began while working with my grandfather. I have been forging for 18 years in Virginia. My early training in Blacksmithing was mentored by the Tidewater Blacksmithing Guild. As an artist-blacksmith, I began my apprenticeship in Colonial Williamsburg. My specialty is museum quality 18th-century reproductions. I love to share my passion for Blacksmithing with the next generation. I teach children and adults.

BEACH BLACKSMITH

My interest in Blacksmithing began while working with my grandfather. I have been forging for 18 years in Virginia. My early training in Blacksmithing was mentored by the Tidewater Blacksmithing Guild. As an artist-blacksmith, I began my apprenticeship in Colonial Williamsburg. My specialty is museum quality 18th-century reproductions. I love to share my passion for Blacksmithing with the next generation. I teach children and adults.

 
  THE VINTAGE NEST   “Have you ever seen a birds nest up close? They are each so beautifully and uniquely built. Each twig gathered and woven. Often you will even see bits of garbage, hair, straw and other materials. This is how I love to build my life, with special pieces, carefully gathered and collected. This effort towards a mindful lifestyle and love for unique and meaningful pieces extends to the jewelry I wear. My sincere hope, here at the Vintage Nest, is that you will find a special piece to add to your beautiful and unique life and that it's charm will add a little joy and beauty to your everyday life!”

THE VINTAGE NEST

“Have you ever seen a birds nest up close? They are each so beautifully and uniquely built. Each twig gathered and woven. Often you will even see bits of garbage, hair, straw and other materials. This is how I love to build my life, with special pieces, carefully gathered and collected. This effort towards a mindful lifestyle and love for unique and meaningful pieces extends to the jewelry I wear. My sincere hope, here at the Vintage Nest, is that you will find a special piece to add to your beautiful and unique life and that it's charm will add a little joy and beauty to your everyday life!”

  BREWBEARD’S BEARD OIL   Brewbeard's Beard Oil Co. was founded on patience and the love of good brew! Growing the perfect beard is often ruined by lack of will power to live and let grow. With our carefully formulated recipe you can now find your inner pirate; be tough and fight through the growing stages without the unbearable dry itchy face that most beards lose their life to!  But there's more... Brewbeard's has taken the bearded life one step further. Our oil has been infused with beer, yes you heard it, BEER! With all natural ingredients, the aromas and soft touch of your newly brewed beard will leave people asking how did you grow that?! At this time you can hand them the bottle and tell them I brewed it myself!

BREWBEARD’S BEARD OIL

Brewbeard's Beard Oil Co. was founded on patience and the love of good brew! Growing the perfect beard is often ruined by lack of will power to live and let grow. With our carefully formulated recipe you can now find
your inner pirate; be tough and fight through the growing stages without the unbearable dry itchy face that most beards lose their life to!

But there's more... Brewbeard's has taken the bearded life one step further. Our oil has been infused with beer, yes you heard it, BEER! With all natural ingredients, the aromas and soft touch of your newly brewed beard will leave people asking how did you grow that?! At this time you can hand them the bottle and tell them I brewed it myself!

  HAPPY HAVEN   I am the owner of Happy-Haven. I am a single mom of 5 children. My life is crazy at times, but in the midst of everything God has made me face during this lifetime, he has guided me to start this business and follow my passion.  Exciting things are coming and I cannot wait to share them with you! I have always wanted my own business and I am passionate about clothes and fashion. At a point not to long ago, I just felt like this was my calling and I took the step of faith and became a business owner. Happy-Haven will be selling bohemian style clothing and accessories online and at a local shop in the Richmond area.

HAPPY HAVEN

I am the owner of Happy-Haven. I am a single mom of 5 children. My life is crazy at times, but in the midst of everything God has made me face during this lifetime, he has guided me to start this business and follow my passion.

Exciting things are coming and I cannot wait to share them with you! I have always wanted my own business and I am passionate about clothes and fashion. At a point not to long ago, I just felt like this was my calling and I took the step of faith and became a business owner. Happy-Haven will be selling bohemian style clothing and accessories online and at a local shop in the Richmond area.

 
  CAPWORKS   Hi, my name is Josh Stolberg. I am an engineer by training, but an artist at heart. It all began in college when I started collecting caps for no apparent reason. Several years later, I had thousands of caps and too much time on my hands. My wife and I created a full suit of Roman Centurion Armor for Halloween 2010, and then in December 2013, we made all of our Holiday presents out of caps. A few of our friends were so impressed they requested we make some small crafts to sell alongside their food cart business. Since then, we've flourished into our own business while creating a myriad of sculptures, wall pieces, and smaller crafts. We currently work out of our house in Richmond, Virginia.  Our art stems from our love of craft beer and and desire to recycle the leftover materials. Our work mainly assembled using cutting, bending, and crimping techniques we have come up with. This is accomplished primarily using only tin snips and needle nose pliers and a press for flattening caps. And yes, we do cut ourselves occasionally. Almost all caps are donated by a network of friends, family, local businesses, and people we meet around town.

CAPWORKS

Hi, my name is Josh Stolberg. I am an engineer by training, but an artist at heart. It all began in college when I started collecting caps for no apparent reason. Several years later, I had thousands of caps and too much time on my hands. My wife and I created a full suit of Roman Centurion Armor for Halloween 2010, and then in December 2013, we made all of our Holiday presents out of caps. A few of our friends were so impressed they requested we make some small crafts to sell alongside their food cart business. Since then, we've flourished into our own business while creating a myriad of sculptures, wall pieces, and smaller crafts. We currently work out of our house in Richmond, Virginia.

Our art stems from our love of craft beer and and desire to recycle the leftover materials. Our work mainly assembled using cutting, bending, and crimping techniques we have come up with. This is accomplished primarily using only tin snips and needle nose pliers and a press for flattening caps. And yes, we do cut ourselves occasionally. Almost all caps are donated by a network of friends, family, local businesses, and people we meet around town.

  POTTY MOUTH JEWELRY   I have a horrible potty mouth and decided to slowly add hand stamped jewelry with swear words on my original shop,  PeasLoveVegan . After they quickly gained popularity and customers started thanking me for accommodating their "potty mouths," I decided to make a jewelry shop that catered to all the potty mouths!

POTTY MOUTH JEWELRY

I have a horrible potty mouth and decided to slowly add hand stamped jewelry with swear words on my original shop, PeasLoveVegan. After they quickly gained popularity and customers started thanking me for accommodating their "potty mouths," I decided to make a jewelry shop that catered to all the potty mouths!

  HENRY + JUNE SOAP CO.   Every soapmaker has their own ingredient sourcing, techniques, recipes, and aspirations. Here at Henry & June Soap Co. we carefully craft each soap recipe based on specific skin and aromatherapy benefits. We source as many organic and sustainably-harvested ingredients as we can. Henry & June also incorporates locally-sourced ingredients from the many farms here in Virginia Beach. A few generations of us have only used commercially-made soap from the big-box store. It’s our mission to get as many people as we can to experience the pure, simple luxury of high-quality homemade soap made the old-fashioned way (by hand).  Henry & June Soap Co. offers high-quality handcrafted soaps and personal skincare products free of artificial colorants, fragrances and preservatives.

HENRY + JUNE SOAP CO.

Every soapmaker has their own ingredient sourcing, techniques, recipes, and aspirations. Here at Henry & June Soap Co. we carefully craft each soap recipe based on specific skin and aromatherapy benefits. We source as many organic and sustainably-harvested ingredients as we can. Henry & June also incorporates locally-sourced ingredients from the many farms here in Virginia Beach. A few generations of us have only used commercially-made soap from the big-box store. It’s our mission to get as many people as we can to experience the pure, simple luxury of high-quality homemade soap made the old-fashioned way (by hand).

Henry & June Soap Co. offers high-quality handcrafted soaps and personal skincare products free of artificial colorants, fragrances and preservatives.

 
  THE RAW AURA   Our story begins way back in highschool. We shared a close friend & bonded in our chorus classes over being free spirits. Sierra thought Marie was too cool for her because she was older and owned her weirdness. Marie thought Sierra was too cool for her because she was a cheerleader and had the best curls. True story! In the summer of 2016 we ran in to each other at a local brewery and decided to be BFFs for real! A few months later The Raw Aura was born. Sierra asked Marie to help with a website and social media. It wasn't long before we became an inseperable, unstoppable force.

THE RAW AURA

Our story begins way back in highschool. We shared a close friend & bonded in our chorus classes over being free spirits. Sierra thought Marie was too cool for her because she was older and owned her weirdness. Marie thought Sierra was too cool for her because she was a cheerleader and had the best curls. True story! In the summer of 2016 we ran in to each other at a local brewery and decided to be BFFs for real! A few months later The Raw Aura was born. Sierra asked Marie to help with a website and social media. It wasn't long before we became an inseperable, unstoppable force.

  STITCHCULTURE   My adoration of pop culture combined with my love for creating things was what initiated this endeavor, but I've since embraced political and societal resistance, as well as collaboration with some amazing artists. My head is so full of ideas that there's essentially no way even half of them will ever see the light of day.  I truly enjoy combining my passions together to create something that is fun, colorful, and makes other people happy. I love seeing pictures of StitchCulture hoops in their new homes and hearing stories of when they're given as gifts. It warms my little black heart to know that I can brighten someone's day just by doing what I love.

STITCHCULTURE

My adoration of pop culture combined with my love for creating things was what initiated this endeavor, but I've since embraced political and societal resistance, as well as collaboration with some amazing artists. My head is so full of ideas that there's essentially no way even half of them will ever see the light of day.

I truly enjoy combining my passions together to create something that is fun, colorful, and makes other people happy. I love seeing pictures of StitchCulture hoops in their new homes and hearing stories of when they're given as gifts. It warms my little black heart to know that I can brighten someone's day just by doing what I love.

  BOW WOW MEOW BAKING CO.   Located in Virginia Beach, VA, BowWowMeow Baking Co. offers all natural treats for your furry family members. No wheat, corn, soy or anything artificial.

BOW WOW MEOW BAKING CO.

Located in Virginia Beach, VA, BowWowMeow Baking Co. offers all natural treats for your furry family members. No wheat, corn, soy or anything artificial.

 
  NEZLIFE STUDIOS   Leslye “nez” Nelsen is a self-taught artist who started her art journey as therapy. She works mainly with resin, inks and acrylics. In addition to traditional canvas, she incorporates upcycling various thrift store goods and turning them into gems. Key themes in her work include seascapes, fluid pours, and abstracts. Nez draws her inspiration from her combat related PTSD, her battle with cancer, her children and her mindfulness practices. She hopes to share how art changed her life by offering local workshops for others who face challenges their daily living or for those who just want to learn. Nez is a Dominican, from New York, and currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, children, and mother. She is also a former Hospital Corpsman who served 20 years in the United States Navy.

NEZLIFE STUDIOS

Leslye “nez” Nelsen is a self-taught artist who started her art journey as therapy. She works mainly with resin, inks and acrylics. In addition to traditional canvas, she incorporates upcycling various thrift store goods and turning them into gems. Key themes in her work include seascapes, fluid pours, and abstracts. Nez draws her inspiration from her combat related PTSD, her battle with cancer, her children and her mindfulness practices. She hopes to share how art changed her life by offering local workshops for others who face challenges their daily living or for those who just want to learn. Nez is a Dominican, from New York, and currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband, children, and mother. She is also a former Hospital Corpsman who served 20 years in the United States Navy.

  VITAMIN   Kelsey Witt, also known as VITAMIN, is a muralist, installation artist, painter and illustrator currently residing in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended the University of Mary Washington, where she received a Bachelors in Studio Art and Creative Writing in 2013. Currently, she has work in permanent collections in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Richmond, Suffolk, Austin, Huntington Beach, and New York. She has traveled to 34 states and is looking to finish all 48 landlocked states by 2019. She is really inspired by her travels as well as the 90's cartoons she watched and the graffiti she grew up with in her hometown. She considers herself a color theorist, and abstract artist.

VITAMIN

Kelsey Witt, also known as VITAMIN, is a muralist, installation artist, painter and illustrator currently residing in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended the University of Mary Washington, where she received a Bachelors in Studio Art and Creative Writing in 2013. Currently, she has work in permanent collections in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Richmond, Suffolk, Austin, Huntington Beach, and New York. She has traveled to 34 states and is looking to finish all 48 landlocked states by 2019. She is really inspired by her travels as well as the 90's cartoons she watched and the graffiti she grew up with in her hometown. She considers herself a color theorist, and abstract artist.

  THE MAD PAINTER   Personalized, custom hand painted glassware, canvas, wall murals, and wood signs.

THE MAD PAINTER

Personalized, custom hand painted glassware, canvas, wall murals, and wood signs.


 
  YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS   Young Living is the World Leader in Essential Oils. We offer therapeutic-grade oils for your natural lifestyle. Authentic essential oils for every household.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

Young Living is the World Leader in Essential Oils. We offer therapeutic-grade oils for your natural lifestyle. Authentic essential oils for every household.

  BUTTERPOP ART   Originally from Taipei and spent most of her life in Queens, New York. and graduated from Parsons School of Design, She continued her work in animation & licensing industry as a Graphic designer, Illustrator and Art Director. After a decade and several moves she founded Weiss Design llc in Virginia Beach Beach closer to family and the oceanfront life style. The studio is multi-disciplinary style process. With an emphasis on ethereal aesthetics for the Illustration & Design process. A few children's books were published, logos, websites for local and global clients. Mural projects and a focus on art and Illustration has always been at the the forefront. Inspired and driven by motherhood nature, challenging conventional norms. For the love of geometric patterns, birds. insects and confident women and children archetypes to translate through. Insisting on the importance of what magic and imagination is all about, all in a meditative process.

BUTTERPOP ART

Originally from Taipei and spent most of her life in Queens, New York. and graduated from Parsons School of Design, She continued her work in animation & licensing industry as a Graphic designer, Illustrator and Art Director. After a decade and several moves she founded Weiss Design llc in Virginia Beach Beach closer to family and the oceanfront life style. The studio is multi-disciplinary style process. With an emphasis on ethereal aesthetics for the Illustration & Design process. A few children's books were published, logos, websites for local and global clients. Mural projects and a focus on art and Illustration has always been at the the forefront. Inspired and driven by motherhood nature, challenging conventional norms. For the love of geometric patterns, birds. insects and confident women and children archetypes to translate through. Insisting on the importance of what magic and imagination is all about, all in a meditative process.

  MAHA KOMBUCHA   Hi! Welcome to Maha Kombucha Co. We are a small business created and run right here in Virginia Beach by Mahadeva and Hari Dasi. We are founded under the philosophy of consciousness towards ourselves and our community. We strive to produce a beneficial local product while minimizing the environmental impact of production. We are proud to use only organic or wildcrafted ingredients, fair trade whenever possible, aiming for a zero-waste policy in our business and personal lives. We are yoga teachers, artists, linguists, creators and chefs hoping to share our spirit for life with you through Maha Kombucha and yoga. Please come meet us at the farmers’ markets, join us for a yoga class or send us a message. We look forward to meeting you.

MAHA KOMBUCHA

Hi! Welcome to Maha Kombucha Co. We are a small business created and run right here in Virginia Beach by Mahadeva and Hari Dasi. We are founded under the philosophy of consciousness towards ourselves and our community. We strive to produce a beneficial local product while minimizing the environmental impact of production. We are proud to use only organic or wildcrafted ingredients, fair trade whenever possible, aiming for a zero-waste policy in our business and personal lives. We are yoga teachers, artists, linguists, creators and chefs hoping to share our spirit for life with you through Maha Kombucha and yoga. Please come meet us at the farmers’ markets, join us for a yoga class or send us a message. We look forward to meeting you.

 
  MILKY WAVE TIE DYE   Tie dye clothing and items speak a universal language of love, peace and uniqueness. Everybody likes tie dye designs and some people are tie dye fanatics. At Milky Wave Tie Dye, we fit into that latter category. We live and breathe tie dye and this has been our family business for over 25 years.  Milky Wave Tie Dye makes all designs in our own studio. Each piece is lovingly hand crafted and made in America. If you are looking for a classic tie dye tee-shirt or a high end bamboo fabric night gown, chances are that we either have it in stock – or we can make it for you.

MILKY WAVE TIE DYE

Tie dye clothing and items speak a universal language of love, peace and uniqueness. Everybody likes tie dye designs and some people are tie dye fanatics. At Milky Wave Tie Dye, we fit into that latter category. We live and breathe tie dye and this has been our family business for over 25 years.

Milky Wave Tie Dye makes all designs in our own studio. Each piece is lovingly hand crafted and made in America. If you are looking for a classic tie dye tee-shirt or a high end bamboo fabric night gown, chances are that we either have it in stock – or we can make it for you.

  PAINTING WITH PETALS   Painting with Petals owner Beverly Spanninger is a farmer, florist, artist, and mom living in Nelson County, Virginia. She is constantly inspired by the natural world around her. She is a creator of flower crowns, pressed flower artwork, as well as nature inspired jewelry, paintings and wall art. In the summer months she’s busy juggling her two young kids and her sustainable vegetable and flower farm with her husband, and in the off season she spends her time creating artwork out of dried and pressed flowers and plants collected from the season. Her pressed flower pieces are preserved in recycled wooden frames.

PAINTING WITH PETALS

Painting with Petals owner Beverly Spanninger is a farmer, florist, artist, and mom living in Nelson County, Virginia. She is constantly inspired by the natural world around her. She is a creator of flower crowns, pressed flower artwork, as well as nature inspired jewelry, paintings and wall art. In the summer months she’s busy juggling her two young kids and her sustainable vegetable and flower farm with her husband, and in the off season she spends her time creating artwork out of dried and pressed flowers and plants collected from the season. Her pressed flower pieces are preserved in recycled wooden frames.